Smithsonian Science Education Center Wins One Smithsonian Education Award

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Celebrating Excellence in Global Education: the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals Project receives the prestigious One Smithsonian Education Award

The Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project has been honored with the "One Smithsonian Education Award" for its contributions to global education. The project, led by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, was selected as the recipient from a pool of nominees spanning the institution's educational initiatives.

The project was praised for its impact in providing youth worldwide with the knowledge and skills to understand global issues and become agents for change in their communities. The selection committee also commended the team for their inclusive approach in working with internal Smithsonian staff and external partners to create community research guides.

Dr. Carol O'Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, expressed gratitude to the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for their continuous support since the programme's inception. She emphasized the importance of the IAP's collaboration in connecting the project with scientists across regions, facilitating the development and dissemination of educational resources.

Bruce Alberts, former president of the US National Academy of Sciences and a life-time advocate for improving science education, commented: "It has been a real pleasure for me to watch Science for Global Goals evolve from the sidelines. Witnessing its impact reaffirms the power of collaborative efforts in addressing global challenges."

The Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project aims to empower youth with the knowledge and skills needed to address pressing global challenges. Through collaborative efforts and innovative educational approaches, the project continues to make significant strides in fostering a generation of informed and engaged global citizens. Ten Science for Global Goals curricula are available on the IAP website under the Teaching Resources section - covering topics ranging from Biotechnology! and Biodiversity! to Energy! and Environmental Justice!

This latest award recognizes the project's commitment to excellence, creativity and its role in advancing Smithsonian's mission of education and outreach.

Since 2003, IAP seeks to reform and develop science education on a global scale, especially in primary and secondary schools, with a pedagogy based on inquiry (Inquiry-Based Science Education, IBSE). Read more about the IAP Science Education Programme here.

Read more about the Smithsonian Science Education Center here.

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